Returning Sailors at Hunter’s Point, January 1945
Enlisted men, wounded in battle and home again after many months,
eagerly read American newspapers. This ship, the USS President Hayes,
was an attack transport in 1943 serving the Pacific area, and participated
in the successful invasion of Guam in July 1944 and Leyte in October.
Enlisting in the Marines. Recruiting office. San Francisco, California
photograph by John Collier (1913-1992)
Published: 1941 Dec.
Top of the Mark, Mark Hopkins Hotel
Opened in 1926, the Hotel was named after Mark Hopkins, founder of the Central Pacific Railroad. In 1939, the 19th floor penthouse was converted into a glass-walled lounge offering 360 degree views of the City. WWII servicemen toasted the Golden Gate for luck before shipping out.
Victory Parade, Spanish-American War, c. 1898
At the turn of the century, San Francisco was the jumping-off point for America’s imperialistic adventures
annexing land in the Pacific. Crowds lined Market Street to celebrate the homecoming of their
'California Boys' in appreciation of their efforts during this War.
Golden Gate from Above Fort Point, c. 1890
Fort Point was constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers between 1853 and 1861 to prevent entrance
of a hostile fleet into San Francisco Bay during the Civil War. Between 1933 and 1937 the Fort was used
as a base of operations for the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge.________________________________________________________________
Hand-tinted by Bennett Hall / 2014